Sustainable procurement

Sustainable procurement advances supplier operations and performance. It allows us to:

  • Achieve better value and outcomes by leveraging resources and relationships to support sector knowledge, growth, and development
  • Play a leadership role in who we do business with and what we buy, exposing emerging and innovative opportunities

Supplier Code of Conduct

The Supplier Code of Conduct sets the minimum performance standards for the City of Vancouver's Ethical Purchasing Policy.

Living wage update: March 2023

Living Wage for Families BC (LWFBC) is the official certification body which publishes the living wage rates each year and administers the Living Wage Program. We joined the living wage program in 2017.

Recently, the living wage rate for Metro Vancouver set by Living Wage for Families BC (LWFBC) increased 17.35% or $24.08 per hour. Because of the variability of the rate from year to year, Council made the decision to implement a compensation approach based on a 5-year rolling average of the living wage rate. The rolling average smooths out the ups and downs and better aligns with compensation programs in large organizations and those with multi-year collective agreements, like ours. We will continue to use the living wage rate as a benchmark, but we will no longer qualify for LWFBC certification under its current criteria.

We value the contributions of our staff and recognize the importance of fair compensation. All of our staff are compensated above minimum wage and the vast majority at or above the living wage rate.

Social (value) procurement

Invests in equitable economic participation that advance outcomes of inclusion, diversity, reconciliation, equity, and well-being, by: 

  • Increasing economic opportunities for businesses: 
    • With recognized certification
    • Are social or diverse based on being owned or controlled by an equity seeking population (examples: non-profits, coops, women, Indigenous persons, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+)
  • Improving economic independence and capacities through:
    • Employment equity, access, and rights
    • Ethical purchasing – fairtrade, labour standards, health and safety, animal welfare
    • Economic well-being - Employee development and advancement
    • Workforce diversity – participation for underemployed, unemployed, under-represented or equity-seeking populations

Social, Indigenous, and diverse businesses

Social value businesses are invited to provide information on the types of goods and services they provide and their capacity to deliver.

Ethical Purchasing Policy

Our Ethical Purchasing Policy ensures that all City suppliers meet the performance standards in our Supplier Code of Conduct. Read the policy and see where products we use are made.

Environmental and green procurement

Invests in suppliers aligned with Green Vancouver and climate smart operations that are striving to be better for the environment, by:

  • Preserving and restoring healthy ecosystems and natural habitats by minimizing pollution, conserving natural resources, and regenerating ecological/food systems, including:
    • Clean water
    • Water consumption
    • Toxicity 
    • Local food
  • Reducing and diverting waste (packaging, end of life, single-use elimination) “Zero Waste”
  • Reducing and eliminating the dependence on fossil fuels and minimizing the release of greenhouse gases (GHG) (renewable energy, circular economy) “Zero Carbon”

Green Vancouver

Together, we can change how we move, how we build and renovate, and how to capture carbon – taking bold climate action.